Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility DVWF is a wildlife facility for disabled veterans. Service related disabilities are not a requirement. Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility is located approximately 5 miles North of Dexter, Missouri.
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The farm was always known as a wildlife haven and well managed by the owner. We have spent an incredible amount of time putting in food plots and creating a great place for the turkey and deer to live. We would like to thank you for sharing and spending a little of your time with us.! May God bless you and your family!!

The farm was always known as a wildlife haven and well managed by the owner. We have spent an incredible amount of time putting in food plots and creating a great place for the turkey and deer to live. We would like to thank you for sharing and spending a little of your time with us.! May God bless you and your family!!

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
06/04/2019

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
01/26/2018

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

On 1-20-18 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility was visited by a much different group of people. Several men from the First General Baptist Church of Bloomfield, Mo., representing an organization called KOZ (Kids Outdoor Zone), brought a group of youngsters to the facility. These men act as mentors and role models for young men in the area. In addition to having a lot of fun, these young men learned a lot about wildlife conservation . They helped to build brush piles for rabbit habitat, took down hunting blinds used by disabled veterans earlier in the year , and observed and learned about the use of food plots and other wildlife conservation practices. By their work they made considerable improvements which will make the facility a much better place for disabled veterans in the future.
They enjoyed a fine BBQ meal of deer burgers, hot dogs, etc., prepared by Mr. Harold Freeman.
These men are to be commended for giving their time and hearts to improving the lives of young men in our community and at the same time, serving our disabled veterans.

On 1-20-18 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility was visited by a much different group of people. Several men from the...
01/26/2018

On 1-20-18 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility was visited by a much different group of people. Several men from the First General Baptist Church of Bloomfield, Mo., representing an organization called KOZ (Kids Outdoor Zone), brought a group of youngsters to the facility. These men act as mentors and role models for young men in the area. In addition to having a lot of fun, these young men learned a lot about wildlife conservation . They helped to build brush piles for rabbit habitat, took down hunting blinds used by disabled veterans earlier in the year , and observed and learned about the use of food plots and other wildlife conservation practices. By their work they made considerable improvements which will make the facility a much better place for disabled veterans in the future.
They enjoyed a fine BBQ meal of deer burgers, hot dogs, etc., prepared by Mr. Harold Freeman.
These men are to be commended for giving their time and hearts to improving the lives of young men in our community and at the same time, serving our disabled veterans.

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01/25/2018

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01/24/2018

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Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
01/24/2018

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

Profile Pictures
06/18/2017

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Tom Love (Gobbler Ridge Farm)
06/18/2017

Tom Love (Gobbler Ridge Farm)

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
04/17/2017

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

I experienced a very humbling situation today. A veteran of the war in Iraq asked to utilize the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility. Upon his arrival I asked what he would like to do for the day; fish, view wildlife or just enjoy Mother Nature and relax. His answer was somewhat surprising. He said , "actually I am here to help you with whatever you need to help keep this place for veterans to enjoy as I have in the past". Now you need to realize that this individual requires the use of a prosthesis to walk . Without hesitation he demanded something to do and advised me that it was not to be something easy. I quickly picked out some things that my 76 year old body does not do well any more. What an inspiration and more reason than ever to show our appreciation to Disabled Vets, especially those who want to give back to others when they themselves have given so much

On 2-1-17 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility , in cooperation with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, hosted a rab...
02/15/2017

On 2-1-17 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility , in cooperation with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, hosted a rabbit hunt for women. The Gobbler Ridge Farm site was one of several that day to provide a hunting opportunity for women to become more involved in hunting and outdoor activities . Two ladies were on hand for the hunt, Rhonda Welker and Krissi Dye of Jackson, Mo. They were supervised by Agent Caleb Pyror with the MDC. Also present was Blaine and Allen Chappell with three of their outstanding Beagles. It was a beautiful day, the beagles performed wonderfully and with several chases taking place . The ladies had several opportunities to take a shot at rabbits , but the score was more like rabbits 5, Ladies 1. But as always, the joy is not in the kill, but the thrill of hearing the beagles sounding off on the trail, and enjoying the beauty of mother nature. The group enjoyed a lunch at the Gobbler Ridge Farm Cabin, which was provided by the MDC. Our thanks to the Missouri Dept. of Conservation for their encouragement and help in promoting outdoor experiences for women.

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
04/13/2016

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

I experienced a very humbling situation today. A veteran of the war in Iraq asked to utilize the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility. Upon his arrival I asked what he would like to do for the day; fish, view wildlife or just enjoy Mother Nature and relax. His answer was somewhat surprising. He said , "actually I am here to help you with whatever you need to help keep this place for veterans to enjoy as I have in the past". Now you need to realize that this individual requires the use of a prosthesis to walk . Without hesitation he demanded something to do and advised me that it was not to be something easy. I quickly picked out some things that my 76 year old body does not do well any more. What an inspiration and more reason than ever to show our appreciation to Disabled Vets, especially those who want to give back to others when they themselves have given so much

I experienced a very humbling situation today. A veteran of the war in Iraq  asked to  utilize the Disabled Veterans Wil...
04/13/2016

I experienced a very humbling situation today. A veteran of the war in Iraq asked to utilize the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility. Upon his arrival I asked what he would like to do for the day; fish, view wildlife or just enjoy Mother Nature and relax. His answer was somewhat surprising. He said , "actually I am here to help you with whatever you need to help keep this place for veterans to enjoy as I have in the past". Now you need to realize that this individual requires the use of a prosthesis to walk . Without hesitation he demanded something to do and advised me that it was not to be something easy. I quickly picked out some things that my 76 year old body does not do well any more. What an inspiration and more reason than ever to show our appreciation to Disabled Vets, especially those who want to give back to others when they themselves have given so much

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility's cover photo
04/06/2016

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility's cover photo

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
04/06/2016

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

On Jan. 29, 2016 , the DAV Wildlife Facility held a field day for local Veterans.  The event  included a rabbit hunt ,  ...
02/08/2016

On Jan. 29, 2016 , the DAV Wildlife Facility held a field day for local Veterans. The event included a rabbit hunt , lunch, relaxing and wildlife viewing . Seven veterans were treated to a guided rabbit hunt by a local Beagle handler and trainer, Blanie Chappel. The beagles performed beautifully and gave chase to several rabbits. Only two of the Vets chose to carry a firearm, but all of them were entertained by the sound and sites of the chase. Most of them stated that they had not been rabbit hunting since childhood and the day brought back many memories of their youth. No shots were fired, but several rabbits were flushed and the sounds of the beagles bringing the rabbits around into view was ceretainly enjoyed by all. After the hunt the Vets were treated to a wonderful BBQ dinner and relaxing afternoon on the front porch of the cabin and the fishing dock.
In the picture on the left is Jim Adams, and on the right is Tom Love. They manage the DAV Wildlife Facility . The others are the Vets who were guests for the day. Also assisting were members of the Dexter American Legion Post #59, Al Baken , Lee Bowen, Earl Reed and Jerry Griffin. In front is Blaine Chappel, owner of the Beagles.

Kenady-Hanks Post Meeting 3 Sep. 2015
09/16/2015

Kenady-Hanks Post Meeting 3 Sep. 2015

On 5-21-15 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility hosted an outing for local Veterans.  They enjoyed wildlife viewing, ...
05/25/2015

On 5-21-15 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility hosted an outing for local Veterans. They enjoyed wildlife viewing, touring the facility on SUV's, a great Bar-B-Q dinner, relaxing and reminicing about their military experiences.

On 5-21-15 the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility hosted an outing for local Veterans. They enjoyed wildlife viewing, touring the facility on SUV's, a great Bar-B-Q dinner, relaxing and reminicing about their military experiences.

A special place for very special guestsSaturday, November 22, 2014By NOREEN HYSLOP Managing EditorDaily Statesman
11/24/2014

A special place for very special guests
Saturday, November 22, 2014
By NOREEN HYSLOP Managing Editor
Daily Statesman

This event was hosted by the Kenady -Hanks American Legion  Post 59 , Dexter, Mo. at the Disabled Veterans Facility , lo...
11/19/2014

This event was hosted by the Kenady -Hanks American Legion Post 59 , Dexter, Mo. at the Disabled Veterans Facility , located on the Gobbler Ridge Farm. It was made possible by the planning, supervision, and hard work of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Agents. Our thanks to the finest Conservation Dept in the USofA !!!!!

This event was hosted by the Kenady -Hanks American Legion Post 59 , Dexter, Mo. at the Disabled Veterans Facility , located on the Gobbler Ridge Farm. It was made possible by the planning, supervision, and hard work of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Agents. Our thanks to the finest Conservation Dept in the USofA !!!!!

Views of the  handicapped accessible fishing dock at the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility.  Built by Alan, Zach and T...
08/24/2014

Views of the handicapped accessible fishing dock at the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility. Built by Alan, Zach and Tracy Hedrick. Many thanks to them for their time , work and materials.

08/24/2014

Things are looking pretty good at the Disabled Veterans Wildlife facility. Most food plots looking good except the beans. They have been heavily grazed by the deer, but that is good in a way because they are utilizing it now, just will not be much left for the winter. Corn, peas and milo looking really good, also several clover plots. An abundance of wildlife has been observed in many areas. The hunting and viewing should be excellent this fall and winter.
Thanks to Alan, Zach and Tracy Hedrick, the facility now has a fishing dock that is a work of art. Not only looks good but is very functional, with a wheelchair ramp for access and also benches for seating and designed for wheel chair fishing. Many thanks to the Hedrick family….
As mentioned earlier in a Legion Newsletter, the Mo. Dept. of Conservation is assisting us with a top notch deer hunt in November for Veterans. Also the Cape Veterans home is planning on bringing several down for deer hunting and fishing. As always, we need assistance in finding Vets to utilize the facility, so let us know. Members of Kenday-Hanks post 59 who have disabilities are also welcome to use the facility, so do not hesitate to ask.

06/26/2014

Article in the July Post 59 Newsletter;
No hunting seasons going on at the present time so things are rather slow at the Veterans Facility, other than the work going on to prepare for events later. The major thing at this time is food plot preparation. We have 3 corn plots that are looking pretty good and the corn is beginning to tassel and should do well. Three bean plots were put in but had to be replanted due to excessive rain . The replanted plots are coming up and it appears that they will be fine if we get enough rain later. Within the next week we will plant 2 plots of milo and one large plot of purple hull peas. We also have two small plots of clover and a small patch of wheat which the deer have been utilizing quite often. It appears that we will have more than adequate food for the deer and turkeys this fall and the hunts should turn out very well.

The fishing deck that a local business had indicated that they would help with has fallen by the wayside. About the only help we expect to receive now is from Lowes who will sell us the material at a much reduced cost. We will have to build the deck ourselves.

On June 17 the MO. Veterans Home from Cape Girardeau came to the Facility with several Veterans and two employees. The Asst. Manager of the Veterans Home and the Director of Recreational Activities were present. They were treated to a lunch at the cabin and also took a tour of the farm which included a stop at the handicapped hunting and viewing blind. Also present was Mark Reed with the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. He will be assisting us with a deer hunt in November and was checking out what we have to offer and making plans for the hunt. This will be a major hunt with a lot of support from the MDC. The Administration from the Veterans Home was pleased with what they saw and indicated that they expect to have some of their residents utilizing the facility in the future. The Veterans that came with the group certainly enjoyed their day at Gobbler Ridge and indicated that they would relay their experience to others at the Home.

Sikeston Jaycees Donate to Disabled Veterans FacilitySaturday, April 19, 2014SUBMITTED PHOTO by ERIC SMITH to the Dexter...
04/20/2014

Sikeston Jaycees Donate to Disabled Veterans Facility
Saturday, April 19, 2014
SUBMITTED PHOTO by ERIC SMITH to the
Dexter Daily Statesman.
Members of the Sikeston Jaycees took a recent tour of the Gobbler Ridge Farm Disabled Veterans Facility located southwest of Bloomfield and used the occasion to present a $5,000 donation to the operation. The donation will be utilized for road maintenance and for the construction of a handicap accessible fishing dock at the farm. Several members of Dexter's American Legion Kenady-Hanks Post 59 were on hand to spend the day with the Jaycees and to show them around the 125-acre farm, which is maintained by the American Legion through monetary and in-kind donations. Disabled veterans are invited to spend a day or overnight at the farm to hunt, take photographs, or to simply enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Shown from left to right are Sikeston Jaycees President Shawn Towe, Tom Love of Dexter who serves as chairman of the facility and a member of the Kenady-Hanks American Legion Post-59, and Shawn Goodman, a member of Henry Meldrum American Legion Post 114. For further information about Gobbler Ridge Farms and the Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility, contact Love at 573-820-0802 or James Adams of Kenady-Hanks American Legion Post 59 at 573-421-3660.

Luncheon was hosted for the Sikeston Jaycees
04/07/2014

Luncheon was hosted for the Sikeston Jaycees

Luncheon was hosted for the Sikeston Jaycees

NOREEN HYSLOP Sunday, March 30, 2014Dexter Daily Statesman Below is the observation and hunting blind located at the Dis...
03/30/2014

NOREEN HYSLOP Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dexter Daily Statesman Below is the observation and hunting blind located at the Disabled Veterans Facility southwest of Bloomfield. Above are participants in one of last fall's Ladies Rabbit Hunts sponsored by the Dept. of Conservation at the farm. Additions and improvements continue at the facility, which hosts disabled veterans for a day or a night's stay to enjoy the wildlife and the solitute at Gobbler Ridge Farm, now available for area disabled veterans.

Timeline Photos
03/03/2014

Timeline Photos

Wreaths Across America 2013
12/15/2013

Wreaths Across America 2013

National Commander Visit to DVWF
11/13/2013

National Commander Visit to DVWF

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
11/12/2013

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

American Legion Post 59 Commander Darryl LaPierre, National Comander Dan Dellinger, Tom Love of Post 59,and Charles Good...
11/12/2013

American Legion Post 59 Commander Darryl LaPierre, National Comander Dan Dellinger, Tom Love of Post 59,and Charles Goodin of the American Legion National Executive Committee, are shown Saturday morning as Dellinger was provided a tour of the Disabled Veterans Facility located in rural Bloomfield.

National Commander to Visit Stoddard County
10/30/2013
National Commander to Visit Stoddard County

National Commander to Visit Stoddard County

Written by Dee Loflin, SMT Manager/Editor Dexter, Missouri – History will be made in Stoddard County as the American Legion Post 59 hosts a visit this Saturday from the National American Legion Commander Dan Dellinger of Vienna, Virginia.  This may be the first time a sitting Commander has ever...

09/18/2013

Gobbler Ridge Farms is the American Legion's Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility and our only source of revenue comes from donations. If you are looking for a good cause to donate to, or know someone who is, please keep us in mind.
Since the facility opened on November 1, 2012, we have hosted these events:
* 3 deer hunts, 12 hunters
* 2 rabbit hunts, 10 hunters
* 1 rabbit hunt for ladies in conjunction the MO Dept. of
Conservation (4 ladies)
* Disabled Veteran's meeting/breakfast, 25 veterans
* Photography, wildlife viewing, etc., 18 veterans
A total of 69 veterans have utilized this facility and hunting grounds since it opened, and as we continue to improve the facility and spread the word, we hope many more will be able to do the same. Every donation counts, no matter how large or small! Thank you.

Ben Worley at his day job, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones
08/16/2013

Ben Worley at his day job, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility
08/16/2013

Disabled Veterans Wildlife Facility

" You don't have to be a veteran to support veterans"
August 16, 2013 11:04:39 PM CDT by Tom Love
However, Ben Worley who is not a veteran has given much of his valuable time this year to help out with the Disabled Veterans Outdoor Facility. Without being asked, he volunteered to bring his tractor and drill to the Facility to help with the corn and bean wildlife food plots. Due to weather problems, the first planting did not do well, so again, without being asked, he returned to replant a large portion of what was done the first time. Ben is an avid duck hunter and usually thinks of nothing else. But this year he has constructed a dove hunting blind on his property that can be used for individuals confined to wheel chairs. He has offered the use of this to veterans that we are assisting at our Facility. Many thanks to Ben for his efforts to help our deserving Disabled Veterans.

Address

17454 County Road 426
Bloomfield, MO
63825

General information

This facility is equipped with a handicapped accessible cabin, hunting blind, etc. It is located in an area with abundant wildlife for hunting, photography, viewing and enjoying mother nature in general. No set hours, available upon request.

Telephone

(573) 820-0802

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So proud of brother-in-law Tom Love